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(Reuters) - The Senate's top tax law writer accused President Barack Obama on Tuesday of undertaking "class warfare" with his plan to raise taxes on wealthier Americans to help the middle class.

Republican Senator Orrin Hatch, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, said the proposals Obama is expected to set out in his State of the Union address on Tuesday evening would violate principles of simplicity and "revenue neutrality" that Hatch said are key to any real tax reform.

"This plan that we'll hear about tonight appears to be more about redistribution, with added complexity, and class warfare, directed at job-creating small businesses, than about tax reform," Hatch said in remarks prepared for delivery in a speech to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

He said this was "unfortunate, because we're going to need real leadership from the White House – not just liberal talking points – if tax reform is going to be successful."

Obama, a Democrat, will push a plan to increase taxes by $320 billion over 10 years on the wealthy by closing tax loopholes and imposing a fee on big financial firms. The money would be used to pay for an increase in benefits for the middle class.

Obama's aim is to help those left behind by an economic revival taking hold six years into his tenure, which began with the president facing a crippling financial crisis.

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TONE MATTERS: Regardless of what Obama says, getting the tone of his delivery right is as important as the content. This is Obama's biggest opportunity to let millions of Americans see how he is approaching the final quarter of his presidency. How energized will the lame duck president be? How optimistic? The president came out of his party's midterm election losses with a surprising burst of activity, but there are big questions about whether he will be able to sustain that momentum in the face of opposition from the new Republican-controlled Congress. (Image: Getty)
INVITATION GAME: Presidents stretching back to Ronald Reagan have invited special guests to attend the address to prominently reinforce their messages - health care recipients, service members and the like. This year, the White House has invited 22 guests to sit in the gallery with first lady Michelle Obama, including an astronaut and a number of people who say they've benefited from the president's policies. Lately, members of Congress have gotten in on the act and come up with some attention-grabbing guests of their own. Last year, a GOP congressman invited rocker Ted Nugent, who has referred to Obama's administration as "evil, America-hating." And another congressman brought Duck Dynasty's Willie Robertson. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
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US President Barack Obama pause while he speaks during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House November 20, 2014 in Washington, DC. Obama awarded the National Medal of Technology and Innovation to nine people and the National Medal of Science to ten others. The National Medal of Scientists honors individuals for their outstanding contributions in fields such as biology, physics, and math. The National Medal of Technology and Innovation honors the Nations visionary thinkers whose creativity and intellect have made a lasting impact on the US and its workforce. AFP PHOTO/Brendan SMIALOWSKI (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
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US President Barack Obama speaks during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House November 20, 2014 in Washington, DC. Obama awarded the National Medal of Technology and Innovation to nine people and the National Medal of Science to ten others. The National Medal of Scientists honors individuals for their outstanding contributions in fields such as biology, physics, and math. The National Medal of Technology and Innovation honors the Nations visionary thinkers whose creativity and intellect have made a lasting impact on the US and its workforce. AFP PHOTO/Brendan SMIALOWSKI (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama pauses while speaking during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House November 20, 2014 in Washington, DC. Obama awarded the National Medal of Technology and Innovation to nine people and the National Medal of Science to ten others. The National Medal of Scientists honors individuals for their outstanding contributions in fields such as biology, physics, and math. The National Medal of Technology and Innovation honors the Nations visionary thinkers whose creativity and intellect have made a lasting impact on the United States and its workforce. AFP PHOTO/Brendan SMIALOWSKI (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
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The plan would need approval from Congress, which is controlled in both chambers by Republicans.

Hatch said he hoped Republicans could get Obama to reverse course, because his ideas would "be particularly damaging, undoing tax policies that have been successful in helping to expand the economy, promote savings, and create jobs."

Hatch, however, said he was working on another priority that he shares with Obama - getting legislation passed to give trade deals a fast track through Congress.

Hatch said he was talking to Senate Democrats as well as lawmakers in the House of Representatives with the goal of introducing a bipartisan, bicameral bill on Trade Promotion Authority (TPA).

"My plan, therefore, is to move carefully but quickly to mark up (vote in committee on) a TPA bill," he said. Hatch did not give a time frame but said he wanted to introduce a bill "that we can move in short order."

He also urged Obama to be more "forward leaning" in urging members of his own party to support TPA.

(Reporting by Susan Cornwell; Editing by Jeffrey Benkoe)

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